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[REBOL] Re: informal /View desktop survey

From: brett:codeconscious at: 8-Sep-2002 18:03

Hi Jason, You've made very good points. I guess a lot revolves around what people imagine the Desktop is used for (or can be used for). I'd suggest that most rebsites (including mine) have at least initially seen it as a type of static browser, but if you add the dynamic/interactive element then it could gain far more use. E.g I've added a folder inside of my local folder - the icons there represent automated aspects of website management. So in this case, the desktop becomes a task based launcher. In some ways, in these days of flash interfaces (or at least the possibility of such), it might be considered nice to have more custom visual control over the desktop by a specific rebsite. E.g if you enter you'd pick up the look and feel of On the other hand, the constrained layout we have now allows a user to move around different rebsites without getting confused on how to operate them. <Blue sky> Desktop in my mind should point to a common working space for disparate items. It would be interesting to investigate how different rebsites could offer up resources to the desktop such that the user via the desktop could combine them in different ways. E.g if rebsites offer "web services" how could the desktop enable a user to connect different services together? </blue sky> As far as status items go the still present reality of dial-up constrains certain possibilities. The google issue is interesting. Some of my rebsite content on is already the source for generated website HTML. I aim to make all content on available via HTML and View/Desktop. Maybe some sort of generalised rebsite to HTML generator could made. Interestingly, if a production REBOL browser plugin was available it would likely work against View/Desktop. Overall I think the View/Desktop needs somehow to be incorporated into people's daily routines. Right now you could probably divide up Desktop into three major territories - RT, Sites, Library. "Library" because it allows community additions and downloads is probably the closet thing to a service in Desktop right now. Maybe desktop needs more "services", but which perhaps are built on top/via community collaboration. This is where your suggestions of annotate and share come in, I'm just suggestnig an overall name and a place to plug em in conceptually. So these services things like: "Knowledge Base" - searchable archive (distributed hopefully). "Online Expert" - e.g chat to a really keen contributor(s). "Code Works" - build an app in real time with others. It would probably be easier to build these on top of IOS, if IOS became more widely spread. But while that is true, much of the look and feel can be the same. My comments are a bit disjointed but I wanted throw in my AUD$0.05 in so there you have em/it :^) Regards, Brett.